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Events for March 1, 2024

First Friday is celebrated on the first Friday of each month throughout Downtown Raleigh to showcase the best of our city's creative community. Thousands venture downtown to visit art galleries & studios open late to host exhibits, artist talks, and creative activities. Retailers and restaurants also get in on the fun with live music, vendor markets, specials/discounts, and more. There's something for everyone each First Friday. 

Create your own First Friday itinerary by selecting the hearts for events and experiences you don't want to miss. Receive a custom map and itinerary to guide your First Friday evening!

Burial Beer Co. The Exhibit in Transfer Co. Food Hall
500 E Davie St - Moore Square District
Opening Night: Cassie Adams with VISUALS tasting
6pm - 8pm

Celebrated every month in Downtown Raleigh, First Friday puts the best of our vibrant creative community on display. Roll through on Friday, 3/1 to browse our latest gallery by local artist Cassie Adams and enjoy a VISUALS Wine Tasting while you're here!

CAM Raleigh (Contemporary Art Museum)
409 W Martin St - Warehouse District
First Friday at CAM
6pm - 9pm

Come on out and enjoy the final First Friday featuring the artwork of the Neo-Psychedelia artists, Anna Valdez, and Jenny Eggleston! The current exhibitions end March 24th!

This Friday we'll feature local vendors, refreshments and food, great music and amazing art!

The Carter Building
22 Glenwood Ave - Glenwood South District
First Friday at CoLab: Broke
6pm - 11pm

Broke! We've all been there. Come see what it looks like. Paint with us, meet folks and check out the $5 sketch wall!

Let's face it, artists have a complicated relationship with money. This show honors the people who are full of creative vision, but short on cash. Inspired by our first fundraiser called "Flat Baroque" happening this month. Come see how over 20 artists interpret being, seeing, and thinking about "Broke": life with empty pockets, art made on a limited budget, or even broken things. Come check them all out on First Friday.

Also, join us in painting a collaborative piece, live! Come paint with us!

There's also the amazing Five Dollar Sketch Wall- a novel way to build your art collection (even if you're broke) and help support CoLab at the same time, thanks to generous donations from our artists!

The Carter Building will be hopping Friday! While you're here, visit our awesome neighbors throughout the building!

City Market Artist Collective
300 Blake St - Moore Square District
Pan American Corazon, and exhibition of paintings by Everett Mayo [Adelman]
6pm - 10pm

Everett Mayo [Adelman]
“Pan American Corazon”
February 2-March 28, 2024

Everett Mayo claims inspiration from Irish Illuminated Interlacement, historic architectural iron work, and decorative Islamic ornament. Technically his hand-made labor intensive painting processes shuttle appropriately between conventional brush application of color and extruded syringe application of acrylic linear pattern. All his work is carefully done and can take weeks, months even years to realize completion.

Clyde Cooper's Barbecue
327 S Wilmington St - Moore Square District
First Friday Trivia Night @ Clyde Cooper's BBQ
6pm - 8pm

Open 11-8pm!
Full Menu
Drink Specials
Fun for everyone! submit category ideas to our email

Current Wellness
219 S East St - Moore Square District
First Friday EmPOWERment Yoga (Free!)

In celebration of Women's History Month, we are excited to offer this free EmPOWERment Yoga flow. The class will be taught by Kaya Luciani, a 200 Hour Trauma Informed Yoga Instructor through Yoga Alliance and a Size Inclusive Fitness Specialist through SITA. We will use a playlist of all women artists and pay homage to the achievements of women through empowering movement. This class will offer a higher energy space to inhabit your power.

This class centers the experiences of women but is open to all genders!

Advance registration required through Mindbody. Email for assistance.

Designed For Joy
517 W Cabarrus St - Warehouse District
Studio Tours and Shopping at Designed For Joy
5pm - 7pm

Designed For Joy provides women in crisis with stability through immediate employment and support, removing the stigma of vulnerability. To date, we have hired over 130 women with $500,000 in living wages earned.

Shop our brand of leather handbags, jewelry, and home decor and provide living wage work for the next 100 women in Raleigh.

Tour our 5,000 square foot studio and see where and how our products are created.

Explore volunteer opportunities.

The Gathering Gallery
111 E Hargett St - Moore Square District
One Night in Downtown Giveaway
6pm - 9pm

“The Sheraton Raleigh Hotel & 8 independent downtown businesses have put together a promotion to give away ONE NIGHT IN DOWNTOWN RALEIGH!
The Prize includes:
• One complimentary hotel night at & provided by the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel,
• $25 to Tonbo Ramen
• $25 to Munjo Munjo
• $25 to Unorthodox Vintage
• $25 to Gathering Gallery
• $25 to The Green Monkey
• $25 to Needle&Thread Co. / Sarah Rosa Glickman Art (located at Martin Street Pop-Up)
• $25 to The Hippo Wine Bar,
• $25 worth of Locally Roasted Coffee to make at home compliments of Robert Courts Mortgage Professor

Starting on Friday, March 1, Shoppers can get a passport stamp card at one of the participating downtown businesses by spending at least $5 to get their first stamp. Each stamp in the passport (1 per business) will count as one entry when the passport is turned in. Get a stamp at each place and get 7 entries!

Participating Businesses:
Munjo Munjo
Gathering Gallery
Tonbo Ramen
The Green Monkey
Unorthodox Vintage
The Hippo Wine Bar
Needle&Thread Co. / Sarah Rosa Glickman Art (Martin Street Pop-Ups)

We’ll accept your passport entries during business hours from March 1 through March 17.

A winner will be chosen at random on Monday, March 25 at our Meet The Owners Party at The Hippo Wine Bar, where we’ll live-stream the drawing. This event is open to the public and there’s no cover! Winner will be notified by email so write legibly!”

Open entry period runs 12:01am Friday, March 1 through the close of business at each of the 7 businesses on Sunday, March 17th. (Some businesses may close earlier than others.)
Spend at least $5 to get your stamp to get entered. Each stamp is an entry.
Purchases must be made in person to get a stamp.
Customers are responsible to write their name/email legibly!
You may turn in your passport stamp card at any of the 7 businesses listed.
Prizes are not redeemable for cash.
Blackout dates may apply at discretion of the Sheraton. Hotel night is valid only at the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel located at 421 S Salisbury St., Raleigh, NC 27601.
Employees and immediate family of owners/employees at the participating passport businesses are not eligible to win.
Winner will be announced LIVE from The Hippo Wine Bar on Monday, March 25, 2024 & will be notified by email. Winner must respond to email in a timely manner to confirm & must pick up their prize from The Green Monkey in downtown Raleigh during their regular business hours.

Glenwood Fine Art
20 Glenwood Ave - Glenwood South District
First Friday Glenwood Fine Art
6 PM- 8 PM

First Friday is almost here!! Please join us and check out GFA’S ALL NEW artwork and a few new artists too! We’re excited to have watercolorist Joe Lahita, contemporary artist Constance Pappalardo, and jewelry artist Debbie Lahita.

Glenwood Fine Art gallery is a working art studio and artists will be now be on site Fridays and Saturdays. In addition, the gallery will open by appointment or when an artist is painting in the studio. Send us an email to request an appointment

We hope to see you there!!

Please Like and Follow us on Instagram and Facebook too!

About Glenwood Fine Art
Location: 20 Glenwood Ave
Hours: Friday & Saturday 12 Noon - 5 PM
Other times by appointment or when an artist is painting

Contact us:

The Green Monkey
215 S Wilmington St - Moore Square District
First Friday at The Green Monkey Featuring Pottery Artist Shelby Zecca
6pm - 10pm

Join us on First Friday, March 1, to see the unique pottery from local pottery artist Shelby Zecca at The Green Monkey. You'll see unique and handmade pieces not usually seen by other pottery artists. You can meet the artist in person, learn more about their creative process, and even purchase some of their one-of-a-kind pieces. It can be a wonderful experience to see the artist's vision come to life through their art, and attending a show like this can also be a great way to connect with other art enthusiasts in your community.

The Mecca Restaurant
13 E Martin St - Fayetteville Street District
Kocktails & Karaoke
6pm - 9pm

Unleash your inner superstar at The Mecca's "Kocktails & Karaoke" from 6-9pm! Whether you're a seasoned performer or a shy singer, our community will be cheering you on.

We'll be servin' our delicious dinner menu (we're open every Friday & Saturday 'til 9pm), and you'll have the chance to win one of five awards (including "Karaoke Queen/King"!) 

Moore Square
200 S Blount St - Moore Square District
Feminist First Friday: A Women's History Month Celebration
5pm - 8pm

Downtown Raleigh Alliance and presenting sponsor UNC Health are proud to bring you Feminist First Friday: A Women's History Month Celebration.

Visit Moore Square for...

Food & drinks from The Hippo Wine Bar, Golden K Dog, and The Kupkake Fairy

An interactive public art installation with Artspace

An educational activity with Marbles Kids Museum: Use math and science to create a paper airplane like Dorothy Vaughn, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Mann, the hidden figures, in the great space race.

The opportunity to learn more about local organization No Woman, No Girl and donate new, full-sized menstruation hygiene products such as pads, tampons, liners, and sanitary wipes.

Free headshots from a professional photographer with ~5 minute hair + makeup touch-ups from Hightide Salon artists

A vendor market with 20+ local, women-owned businesses (subject to change)...

  • Sarah Rosa Glickman Art - Pop Up Shops on E Martin
  • Creating Sparkles Co - Fairy Hair
  • Brutal Squid
  • Nashona
  • TG Floristry
  • Dell's
  • A-Peeling Beauty, llc
  • Peace Fournine
  • aestheticappeal
  • Product of Grace
  • Dell's Temple
  • Donna Rae
  • Battle Your
  • Bianca + Marcus
  • Glitz & Cosmix
  • Happy Lil Hippie Designs
  • Scented Elements Candle Co
  • Sissy Art
  • Speedwell
  • Hanstan Studio
  • Govinda's Catering LLC
  • CustomBellaCreations
  • Dew Drop Chocolates
  • Tasting Queens Market
  • Lotus, Sage and Tea
  • Sunny the Fun Fairy
  • Artspace Van
  • Currently Apparel

And more!

Thank you to our presenting sponsor UNC Health

RAIN DATE: March 8th

The Raleigh Times Bar
14 E Hargett St - Fayetteville Street District
First Friday at The Times
- 2am

We’re dedicating this First Friday to Deep River Brewing, as they’ve been a part of our First Fridays for a decade! The party will be indoors (our market and live music start back in April), and we’ll be featuring some Deep River classics and new brews at the bar. ⁠

Deep River beers on tap: ⁠Kayak Kölsch⁠, Mango Tango Foxtrot⁠, Collaboration Without Representation 2024 (Chocolate Raspberry) ⁠

We’ll also have Deep River’s Limoncello available in cans!⁠ Mark your calendar and come hang with us, Raleigh fam.⁠

206 Fayetteville St - Fayetteville Street District
Trust A bridge Between Faith and Childhood
7pm - 8:30pm

Join us for an inclusive and vibrant First Friday event at Rolley Private Showroom on Friday March 1st, 2024 from 7:00pm-8:30pm! Embrace your creativity alongside featured artist Lord Phly and explore his captivating exhibition titled "TRUST." From ages 3 and up, everyone is welcome to paint, connect, and enjoy a memorable evening of artistry. Reserve your spot now for just $5 and secure your ticket to an experience filled with inspiration, snacks, and community. Limited spots available, so book yours today!

Dress Code: Pain’t Friendly

Sir Walter Coffee
145 E Davie St - Moore Square District
DJ Baptiste at Sir Walter Coffee
7pm - 10pm

We had an absolute blast last time DJ Baptiste joined us on a First Friday. He kept the hits flowing while we kept the drinks pouring. Make sure you’re starting your March off right and join us this First Friday!

Transfer Co. Food Hall
500 E Davie St - Moore Square District
First Friday: Dad Duty Project - Celebrating Black Fatherhood by Chris Facey
5pm - 8pm

The team at Transfer Co. are excited to announce the opening of a dedicated art exhibition space inside the Transfer Co. Food Hall, by hosting the first of many future exhibitions on First Friday. Join us at Transfer Co. on February 2nd, 2024 from 5:00-9:00 pm and meet local Photographer, Chris Facey, while experiencing his exhibition: Dad Duty Project - Celebrating Black Fatherhood. This event is free & family friendly.

Through this project, Chris has been able to initiate vital conversations about black fatherhood and cultivate a deeper appreciation for black fathers who embrace their roles with love, authenticity, and a profound commitment to shaping the next generation.

We look forward to welcoming you down at Transfer Co. Food Hall.